Studio Karhard has reportedly designed The Urban Dentist. The interiors are filled with light-up walls, mirrored partitions and colourful stone surfaces help channel a cool bar aesthetic inside the office. Located in Berlin, the office is owned by three young dentists. The interiors are relaxing and hence, the designers have avoided typical dentist colours such as white and glossy surfaces. The reception desk is black and inlaid with an oversized green and peach-coloured aggregate. Right behind the desk is an orange mirror screen divider, which closes off a small admin office. The entire office has been fitted with LED strip lights that can be programmed to change colour, with ring-shaped lights that suspend from the ceiling.
Architect Daniel Zamarbide, in collaboration with Leopold Banchini, has reportedly designed a pared-back Lisbon house with glass-walled rooms overlooking a full-height living space. The Dodge House features three bedrooms with living space. Spread across 40 sq m, the new house replicates the facade of an abandoned property that had previously occupied the site. The Dodge House features a stepped section with three upper floors that gradually increase in size. The resulting full-height void creates a visual connection between the ground-floor living area and the levels above. The interiors comprise of cement block walls with concrete frame with bright white colour.
Tato Architects has reportedly build House in Sonobe with a sun room that can be opened up to a garden by sliding open a corrugated polycarbonate wall. The Japanese studio is headed by architect Yo Shimada. The architect has drawn inspiration from ad-hoc additions to local homes. The corrugated polycarbonate panels keeps the house warm. The terrace-enclosures are used for drying laundry and storage purpose. The terrace has been incorporated with wide eaves and other semi-outdoor spaces into the interior of the house. The walls of the building are positioned at 45 degree to the main elevations, thus dividing the interior into different functional zones.
Bonito Designs has reportedly raised a sum of $6.3 million as a part of its pre-series A funding round, led by early stage strategic investment fund Tomorrow Capital. The interior designing brand is expected to utilise the fresh capital to extend its operations and ramp up the production. In order to bring personalisation to the products, a large portion of the funding will be reportedly allocated for R&D to build processes and delivery know-how. The designs will be made accessible to a larger audience, who have minimal options from the services offered by the unorganised players.
Loom Crafts, an Indian steel building company having expertise in designing and manufacturing prefabricated steel framed buildings, has tied up with a German company for technical support to manufacture tiny homes for the Indian market.
Tiny homes is an alliance between comfort, functionality, well-being and eco-responsibility to provide homes under 400 sq ft. These tiny houses are custom designed according to the requirements of farmhouses on remote locations, hotels and resorts, camping getaways or in no construction zones as no permission is required for its construction since no civil work is involved on site.
These tiny houses are built on a road trailer or without wheels, which can be placed directly on pre-cast foundations. They can also be shifted from place to place at any time. It can accommodate over five people, and provides wifi and cable, an outdoor deck and grill, and a bathroom and a kitchen. There is provision to expand the inside room by upto 6' outside at the site for add-on comfort as per the customers requirement. In addition, they offer unforgettable experiences for weddings, dining, business retreatsand family reunions. Besides, they are an economical and eco-responsible solution to live with less material possessions.
According to Rahul Jindal, Managing Director, Loom Crafts, "India has an enormous potential for such tiny houses with the increasing demand from the housing and hospitality sector. More and more people want these products with customisation as no time or effort is spent in its construction. Loom Crafts’ team also offers facilitating tools for self-builders. Within just one month of the launch, we have built and sold three of them;two in Bengaluru and one in Dehradun.”
The concept of tiny homes has been derived from the US. In the US, the trend towards tiny houses has become a social movement, where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in, simplify and live with less. Tiny house is about simple living in a small yet efficient space. People have chosen to live in tiny houses due to environmental, financial concerns and the desire for more time and freedom and opt for a lifestyle filled with adventure.
Similarly in India, the concept has been appreciated by many industries, especially hotel, resorts, farm houses and people who love adventure.
Forbo has reportedly launched a new collection of marbled lino floor coverings Marmoleum Marbled. The range has been designed in response to the growing trend for interiors with a lived-in aesthetic, which can create more relaxed environments that contribute to well being and productivity.Marmoleum Marbledcomprises five different styles, with each blend a multitude of shades echo the colours of natural landscapes. It is manufactured almost entirely from natural raw materials including linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, jute and limestone, making it one of the most sustainable floor coverings available on the market. It is reportedly independently Environmental Product Declaration confirmed as a carbon neutral floor covering in the manufacturing phase of its life cycle.
PPAA Arquitectos has reportedly designed the Aculco retreat by sourcing a stone from a nearby quarry in Mexico. A-90 sq m gateway has been created in order to create completed isolation in the middle of nowhere. A rectangular stone volume forms the house. A slanted roof profile accommodates a mezzanine at one end. In order to avoid the need to transport materials, the architects have used stone blocks from a nearby quarry for the structural exterior walls. Clay has been used for the building’s floors. On the ground level, two symmetrical glazed doors allow the home to open to the elements and ventilate naturally. Sliding wooden panels cover the glass and leads to the living space. Behind the fireplace is one bedroom, while at the opposite end of the bedroom is the bathroom and service area.
Nook Architects has reportedly completed the work on the co-working space The Room in Barcelona. The firm has used rosy-pink walls and wooden joinery to generate a warm and inviting atmosphere. The Room is reportedly a shared office for 14 people and has been designed to suit a variety of work styles. It proposes a variety of arrangement of spaces, with two blackened spurce wood boxes that anchor the main room of the office. This portion can be used for small workshops or meetings. Fronted by translucent panels of polycarbonate, the volumes have been made to sit just beneath the 3.5 m-high ceiling, keeping in view the exposed timber beams in the roof. The back space is mainly occupied by a kitchen that features a marble-topped breakfast island and counter. Black sofas, chairs and light fixtures are visible throughout the interiors.
Brani & Desi has reportedly designed a concept for the Breakfast With Mondrian apartment. The Bulgarian studio has borrowed Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s abstract paintings into 3D form for the apartment. The apartment features bold blocks of primary colours, with few intervals of white and black. The interiors are designed on open space concept, where the rest of the house is connected. The interiors have been projected by using bold geometry and colours. Other designers that have channelled Mondrian in their work include architect Vladimír Ambroz, who created a Corian bookcase with doors and drawers in primary colours for Czech company Amosdesign. The upholstery of the Charles Chair that Marcel Wanders designed for Moooi also recalls a Mondrian painting.
The White House Interiors, a home furnishing store, has reportedly opened along the US 280 corridor. Spread over 18,000 sq ft in the Brook Highland shopping centre at 5209 US 280, it has been located between the two busy stores. The store offers home furnishings, lamps, lighting, art, bedding, home decor, design and staging services. Besides, the store also offers hand-picked items.